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Eastern Washington Leaders Raise Alarm over Casino Project

  • June 19, 2015
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Lawmakers in Eastern Washington and other advocates for Fairchild Air Force Base are hoping to convince Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to block the Spokane Tribe’s plan to build a resort and casino under the path of training flights from the installation, after the U.S. Interior Department this week approved the project following a two-year review. Any possible encroachment issue could hurt Fairchild in a future BRAC round, area leaders said. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) told the Spokesman-Review she plans to call Inslee and urge him to reject the plan. The Republican congresswoman said she supports the tribe’s efforts for economic development but opposes the location because, in her opinion, “Fairchild comes first …

Washington Governor Prepares for Downsizing at JBLM

  • June 18, 2015
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Wednesday directed a new state committee to craft plans to mitigate a reduction of up to 11,000 soldiers and Army civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “These are people who are going to need us in coming months by the thousands,” Inslee said. The governor expects the Army to announce next week how it will realign its forces as it eliminates up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, reported the News Tribune. The Army would not confirm that it will announce its second round of force reductions next week, but officials recently have been advising congressional staff and local government leaders that a decision is coming, according to the story …

Amid Diversification, Goodyear Continues to Leverage Presence of Luke AFB

  • June 18, 2015
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The city of Goodyear, a suburb of Phoenix located close by Luke Air Force Base, is trying to recruit a mix of civilian and defense companies to take over a 500,000-square-foot aerospace campus no longer used by Lockheed Martin. Goodyear had enjoyed an extended run as an aerospace hub since World War II, when it began to build military aircraft, before shifting to dirigibles and surveillance systems. That activity started to wind down in 2009, and when sequestration hit in 2013 Lockheed cut its workforce from 600 to 50, reported National Defense. “We would like to recruit more aviation, aerospace and cyber security companies,” said Harry Paxton, Goodyear’s economic development project manager …

Senate Bill Would Allow Favorable Lease Terms to Local Schools

  • June 17, 2015
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Local school systems would be able to lease property at military installations for less than fair market value, under a provision in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill now under debate in the Senate. The bill would amend 10 U.S.C. Section 2667 — the federal statute authorizing the enhanced use leasing program — to allow the military services to lease non-excess property for less than fair market value to a local education agency, or to an elementary or secondary school. The change is intended to help school systems that support military families, according to the committee report accompanying the legislation. The bill text, S. 1376, and committee report, S. Rpt. 114-49, are available on congress.gov.

Task Force’s Efforts to Support Ohio Manufacturing Facility Begin ‘To Pay Off’

  • June 17, 2015
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Task Force LIMA, the local support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, is moving ahead with several initiatives to promote the government-owned, contractor-operated tank and military vehicle production facility in northwestern Ohio. The task force has reached out to the Ohio Federal and Military Jobs Commission after the manufacturing facility was ignored in the commission’s report outlining ways to boost federal and military jobs in Ohio, reported limaohio.com. The group plans to nominate a representative to serve on the commission as soon as one of the current member’s terms expires. “I think it’s really important that we now have a partner in the state of Ohio, which is a new dynamic,” said Lima Mayor David Berger …

Air Force Offers Incentives to Trim Civilian Staffing at Headquarters

  • June 17, 2015
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The Air Force this week began offering buyouts and early retirement incentives to civilian workers to help it achieve a DOD initiative to reduce headquarters costs and staff levels by 20 percent. The incentives mark the third round of the service’s current workforce reduction effort, which is designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies. “The Air Force is committed to using voluntary separation programs as much as possible before pursuing involuntary options,” said Debra Warner, the service’s director of civilian force policy. “The Air Force is committed to sustaining excellence, meeting fiscal requirements and minimizing negative impacts on our current permanent civilian workforce and their families …

Amendment Would Require OEA Report on Support for Army Communities

  • June 16, 2015
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The Office of Economic Adjustment would be required to submit a report to Congress on funding that could be made available to communities affected by the Army’s latest restructuring, under an amendment added to the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Army shortly is expected to announce how it will realign its forces to shrink its end strength by up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. Officials announced a similar restructuring in June 2013. At the time, the Army said it would deactivate 10 brigade combat teams to eliminate 80,000 personnel and cut its end strength to 490,000. This latest reduction could trim active-duty forces to 420,000 …

South Georgia Support Group Fights to Retain Moody AFB

  • June 16, 2015
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The South Georgia Military Affairs Council met last week to continue its ongoing effort to support Moody Air Force Base and protect it from a future BRAC round. “The SGMAC does a lot of detail things, such as working with local governments to protect Moody AFB from encroachment, to interface with local school systems to enhance a friendly military-dependent environment and many other details,” said the group’s Nick Lacey. The council, which was formed three years ago, includes representatives from the chambers of commerce of four counties — Lowndes, Berrien, Cook and Lanier, reported the Valdosta Daily Times. The group made its annual visit to Washington D.C., from April 29-May 1 to reinforce the community’s support for Moody …

Biloxi Looks to Raise Millions for New Gate at Keesler AFB

  • June 14, 2015
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The mayor of Biloxi, Miss., has launched an initiative to finance a new gate at Keesler Air Force Base, an attempt to boost community development as well as shield the installation from a future BRAC round. A new entrance on Division Street would improve access to Keesler, and provide a more secure and attractive gateway, Mayor FoFo Gilich told WLOX. A recent meeting of the committee Gilich formed to advance the initiative was attended by 22 individuals, including state lawmakers and officials. “So we’ve covered all the grounds that we think identify what are the obstacles and each person was truly excited about this thing coming back alive …

Fayetteville Leaders Tout Strong Community Bonds at Army Commission Hearing

  • June 12, 2015
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The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s public hearing in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, was not intended to scrutinize Fort Bragg’s missions or its military value, but local officials who testified focused on the high degree of support the surrounding communities provide the post.
“We here in Fayetteville get the Army,” Fayetteville City Manager Ted Vorhees told the commissioners. The commission’s task is to assess “the right mix between the active army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve to meet the nation’s requirements,” said retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the eight-member panel …

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